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WR Leonard Hankerson - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 209Born: 5-7-1988College: Miami (FL)Drafted: Round 3

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He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Hankerson is still maddeningly inconsistent and had to drop a score before he caught one, but Julio Jones is demanding all of the attention and Roddy White still looks done, so Hankerson gets what the heck flex status back.

General News (Fri Nov 27): is out for this week's game.

General News (Fri Nov 27): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 25): did not practice on Wednesday. Hankerson is still bothered by a hamstring strain, and the Falcons may continue to take their time with his injury. Hankerson previously missed two games because of the injury before returning in Week 11.

Week 12: vs Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan threw 25/46 for 280 yards passing, with three TDs against the Colts last week - but he also pitched three interceptions, and the Falcons lost 21-24. Julio Jones handled 15 targets for 9/160/0 receiving, while fullback Patrick DiMarco snagged two TDs (four for 3/21/2) and Leonard Hankerson handled the other (seven for 4/36/1) - Roddy White got his wish and saw more targets (nine) but only managed to catch 4/24/0. This is an offense with explosive capability that is being held back by turnovers. The Vikings' pass D is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 224.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores given out vs. six interceptions (tied for 22nd in the league) and 23 sacks generated to date (tied for 15th in the NFL). Over the past four weeks (four games), this team is tied for ninth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (17.9 on average); at fifth-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (5.0); and is 12th in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (22.8). Aaron Rodgers managed 16/34 for 196 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Minnesota last weekend; the Vikings allowed 29/43 for 287 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions to Derek Carr and company two games ago. This looks like a neutral matchup for the high-flying but mistake-prone Falcons.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs IND 43 0 0 0 7 4 36 1 0 9.6
12 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs IND (7 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)

Kyle Shanahan's "bring-along" from Washington had a good start to the game, catch and out route during the third series, drawing a pass interference penalty in the red zone, and later a drag route for a touchdown. Known for good route running, Hankerson's hands have been suspect and it didn't change in this game, dropping a wide open slant on 3rd and 6 where Indy saved him with a illegal hands to the face foul and dropping an intermediate cross in the fourth quarter.

2015 Week 6 vs NO (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

Despite given a golden opportunity to take this job and run with it, Hankerson continues to drop passes. He dropped a pass over the middle in the late third quarter where the target was into his chest and he juggled it. His passes are essentially crossers and check-downs with the occasionally a quick-hitter up the seam. He's a conservative fantasy option who should get owners some points with a shot at a red zone touchdown, but rarely big yardage.

2015 Week 5 vs WAS (4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

The Falcons' receiver caught a short in-cut on 3rd and 8 for a first down during the third series, but left the field immediately because he couldn't stand up straight. He was sent to the locker room after that play with a rib injury and missed the rest of the half. When he returned in the third quarter, he got open up the seam but appeared slowed by the issue and Matt Ryan's throw bounced 3-4 steps ahead of Hankerson on what would have been a touchdown if caught. Later Ryan overshot Hankerson at the left sideline on a slower-developing route and with 0:56 left and just missed the receiver in the end zone where the ball was knocked away by the cornerback Breeland from a trail position. Both plays showed that Hankerson lacked burst from his breaks.

2015 Week 4 vs HOU (8 / 6 / 103 / 1 rec)

he was overshot on a 3rd and 8 out from the opposite sideline on his first target of the game and then overthrown on an out during second series. Hankerson then forced rookie CB Kevin Johnson to draw an illegal contact penalty on a 3rd and 15 deep go up the left side. He later beat Kareem Jackson on a 3rd and 11 pass for a 16-yard out and then a short gain on 3rd and 5 on a quick cross for a first down. He worked with Matt Ryan in the red area to adjust to middle pressure with a short route across the middle for a score that gave Atlanta a 28-0 lead. His biggest play was a short crosser with a delayed release behind the tight end for 56 yards. Even with the big lead that the ground game and the Falcons defense provided early that allowed Atlanta to rest Julio Jones for most of the second half, Hankerson was the more relied upon receiver than Roddy White for yet another game.

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

The most notable points about Hankerson's performance is that he was at his best when wide open, but dropped the ball in tight coverage. He had two drops when covered tightly in this game, including a slant inside the 10 during Atlanta's second drive and a mid-second quarter target on 3rd and 4. With Roddy White no longer capable of winning on hard-breaking routes due to his aging ankles, Hankerson should earn more targets in this offense, but his ability to make good on them in contested situations is still a question mark.

2015 Week 2 vs NYG (11 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec)

Leonard Hankerson quietly had a very impressive performance against the Giants on Sunday afternoon and made some crucial plays for his team. Hankerson was very effective at the line of scrimmage and was able to get open against man coverage for most of the day. Hankerson caught slants and out patterns for first downs and was a highly efficient chain mover for Matt Ryan. Hankerson got his hands on a slant pattern over the middle in the redzone in the first half but was very unlucky not to score as he was tackled 1 yard shy of the endzone. Hankerson did make up for this however as he hauled in a high pass on a post route from Ryan. Hankerson was double covered on the play but the pass to the tall receiver was perfectly placed by his quarterback. Hankerson was able to get open often against New York and his size talent allowed him to get a lot of yards after the catch. He could have easily had 2 touchdowns and can take a defense by surprise if they are too focused on teammate Julio Jones. He is a #3 receiver at best for fantasy owners but played like a high end number 2 in this game.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

The receiver's greatest impact this week came from penalties he committed on quick routes to the flat intended for Julio Jones. Some of the credit for these penalties can be attributed to Chip Kelly lobbying the officials pre-game on the tendency of Atlanta committing to these blocks too early, but it doesn't make Hankerson a victim. The receiver accounted for at least two of the penalties--a pass interference call and a holding call. He caught a three-yard pivot route for a first down late in the half and it was an excellent break against tight coverage. The other reception was a deeper pivot for 13 yards in the fourth quarter. If Roddy White gets hurt, Hankerson performed well enough to consider him for White's production.


Latest News

Falcons | Leonard Hankerson to miss Week 12 (Fri Nov 27, 12:54 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 12.

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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson working on the side (Fri Nov 27, 11:59 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) is working off to the side Friday, Nov. 27.

Our View: Sounds like Hankerson is unlikely to go this weekend, which makes Jacob Tamme a great tight end play. When Hankerson has been out, Tamme has averaged 8-82 in two games, with a score in one of those games.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson idle Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 02:27 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) was out of practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Hankerson is no more than a WR5 anyway, and shouldn't be in your lineups even as a desperation play, so finding a replacement should be on his owner's agenda anyway.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson not being rushed (Wed Nov 25, 06:08 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) is still bothered by a hamstring strain, and the Falcons may continue to take their time with his injury.

Our View: They won't rush him along, and fantasy owners need to have other options at the ready. Hankerson previously missed two games because of the injury before returning in Week 11.
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Falcons | Leonard Hankerson sits (Wed Nov 25, 12:29 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) won't practice Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Our View: Hankerson needs to practice fully on Friday before we can recommend him for Sunday against the Vikings. If he doesn't play, tight end Jacob Tamme could do more in Week 12.
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